Scott Dekraai

'The face of evil': Worst mass shooter in Orange County history sentenced to life in prison

'The face of evil': Worst mass shooter in Orange County history sentenced to life in prison

Lisa Powers will never forget her co-worker’s desperate final words.

The hairdresser was hiding in the bathroom of the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach seconds after Scott Evans Dekraai began to spray the room with bullets, turning the swank parlor into a horror scene.

On the other side of the bathroom door, Dekraai fired round after round and bodies slumped to the floor. Then she heard her colleague Laura Elody pleading for her life.

“ ‘Please stop,’ ” Powers recalled her co-worker saying to the gunman before he shot her dead. “ ‘Don’t do this.’ ”

Six years after he carried out the worst mass shooting in Orange County’s history, Dekraai was sentenced to life in prison...

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